Sarawak must strengthen security agencies to safeguard interest — Idris

Datuk Idris Buang

KUCHING, Nov 22: Muara Tuang assemblyman Datuk Idris Buang has urged the Sarawak government to strengthen the state’s security enforcement in the relevant agencies and department to safeguard its interest.

He believed it is high time that Sarawak should have its own independent system complemented with layers of checks and surveillance on state security matters.

“I urge our state government to consider strengthening the relevant departments in the state with the right training, system upgrades and empowerment.

“State security is paramount to all the government plans and efforts to develop the state towards a better future,” he said in a statement.

Idris, who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) information chief, added that those entrusted to safeguard the state security must be equipped with the necessary empowerment in every sense possible and they must have continuous collaboration with the police and other relevant federal departments.

Citing the recent police crackdown on 680 scammers from China in Cyberjaya on Nov 20, Idris described this as shocking and an eye opener.

He pointed that this technology savvy type of scammers and hackers may also had their eye on Sarawak and they could easily wreak havoc to the systems in the state, in both the public and private sectors.

“It is also important that the ‘immigration intelligence’ in the state to be augmented to an even more practical and professional level in order to complement the police and the main immigration department to monitor, check and also track those who would abuse their entry permit.

“This include those type of illegal immigrants who could unsuspectingly posed grave threat to our state security in various forms by using their expertise in technology application or other modus operandi that we may not be familiar with in the ordinary way,” he added.

Apart from having its own coast guard to protect the state continental shelves, Sarawak equally need its very own Sarawak border rangers or scouts established under the Land and Survey or Forestry Department to monitor the border, he continued.

“This is to ensure that our pathway to progress as the state with the fastest growing economy in Malaysia by 2030 would be achieved smoothly,” Idris said. — DayakDaily